Rapper Birdman faces a federal lawsuit that accuses him of sampling other artists' songs without paying licensing fees.
The lawsuit claims the Birdman, whose real name is Bryan Williams, owes several music publishing companies an unspecified amount of money for using copyrighted songs without permission.
Williams and his brother, Ronald, co-founded Cash Money Records, which has a distribution and marketing deal with Universal.
The lawsuit claims that albums by Birdman and other rappers, including Lil Wayne and Big Tymers, contain copyrighted material that Cash Money Records used without licensing agreements and without paying royalties. The lawsuit doesn't name any of the copyrighted songs.
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